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Guy Fieri Discusses His New Show, Minute To Win It

Guy Fieri, who hosts the  Food Network shows, Guy’s Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is known for his enthusiasm on the road and in the kitchen.

And that zest for life is exactly what makes him a perfect fit for his new gig, Minute to Win It, which debuted last night on NBC. On the show, Fieri hosts contestants who perform seemingly simple, but actually difficult,  tasks within one minute. “I really have to keep it in check. There are moments where I want to run right out there and put the ball in the thing for them or yell, ‘Try your left hand!'” says Fieri.

But, Fieri also explains that its worth the stress because  he always wanted to host a talk show.  “I think anyone that grew up in the ’70s and ’80s grew up with Bob Barker and Wink Martindale and I think that was just always … when you were a game show host, you were the man of the hour,” Guy told TV Guide. “I never in a million years would have believed this is the opportunity that I got, but knowing my personality, knowing my attitude and knowing my energy, I can’t believe it’s not one of the first things I ever did … To be on the Food Network and then to get a call from NBC and get this opportunity has just been monumental, and especially a game show that fits me so well.”

Fieri also thinks his new show will hold up against other classic game shows.  “The one we most recently have in our mind and that had such a great host was Deal or No Deal. Howie Mandel is the real deal. For me, coming off the heels of that and knowing that some of the players from that team are now on the team for Minute to Win It, I think it’s going to rock. I think it’s going to become cultural. I think people are really going to embrace it … For instance, my restaurant, Tex Wasabi’s, we have a whole Minute to Win It challenge going on on Sundays already. The show hasn’t even aired and they’re already doing challenges where people are coming and participating. I think it’s going to take over.”
Guy added that ti was a combination of things that keep him in interested in the show. “It’s a combination of everything. The live audience and contestants that have a chance to win a million bucks is just an overwhelming feeling … I think the common denominator of all my shows, particularly Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Minute to Win It, is these people. Whenever you get to change somebody’s life or watch it and see it happen, it’s amazing. These aren’t Rhode Scholars, these aren’t world class athletes, these are just all-American folks living the all-American dream, coming out to participate and game and maybe walk away with a million bucks. To be the facilitator or portal of that is my kind of game.”

You can catch Guy on Minute To Win It on NBC Sunday at 7 pm.

2 Responses to “Guy Fieri Discusses His New Show, Minute To Win It”
Amanda Hughes - March 19th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Guy Fieri is sooo adorable! He’s the perfect host for Minute to Win It. He keeps the show moving along and is great with the contestants. I’m sooo happy to see him on network television. Besides, the games on Minute to Win It aren’t bad either.

Charsmith0 - March 20th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Saw the premiere on Sunday and I really liked it. Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying Guy as a host and the silliness of a lot of the games. Not sure how often the games will be repeated but I do think I’ll be watching for a while

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